Family fears the worst after Harlingen man goes missing in Matamoros

Ana Sanchez

A Harlingen mother pleads with Mexican authorities to investigate the disappearance of her son.

"We don TMt know if he's alive," his mother Ana Sanchez said.

These are the horrible thoughts running through Ana TMs mind.

Sanchez did not sleep all night as she waited in the living room for her son to walk through the door. Friday night, 49-year-old Apolino "Polo" Sanchez left to Matamoros and never returned.

Ana Sanchez is imaging the worst could have happened to her son because he TMs not the type of person that is going to skip Mothers day," she said.

"Polo" Sanchez sponsors Deportivo Trinidad, a soccer team in Matamoros.

He was on his way to the inauguration on Saturday, but he never made it.

It was around 6:30 p.m. when the mother last spoke to her son.

The family became worried on Monday when he did not show up to care for his patients, so the family went to his apartment in Matamoros.

The conditions of his apartment were "ransacked (and) his drawers were inside out his shirts and his jewelry box was on the floor we don TMt know if they were looking for something," his mother said.

Ana Sanchez was always afraid of going to Mexico.

She visited areas she did not imagine herself going into prior to her son TMs disappearance. Ana Sanchez went to every Matamoros agency possible in hopes of finding out any information about her son's disappearance. "We want to know something. We hope the Mexican authorities start doing something| they said they would start today," she said.

Now, her only hope is that Mexican authorities will begin to investigate.

Friday, Polo Sanchez drove his 2009 Ford Escape to Matamoros. The sport utility vehicle (SUV) has not been found since the disappearance.

There has been a travel warning since November of 2012, according to the U.S. Consulate in Matamoros. Previously, U.S. citizens have fallen victim to homicide, gun battles, kidnapping, carjacking and highway robbery.

Apolino "Polo" Sanchez is 5 foot 6 inches and weighs 160 pounds.

He has black hair and brown eyes.

If you know the whereabouts of Apolino Polo Sanchez, contact your local police department with information.

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